Tuesday 4th October is the day when Apple is now rumored to hold their annual fall media event, announcing the next generation iPhone and iPods to the world, according to AllThingsD.
The date is yet to be confirmed by Apple, but apparently comes from sources familiar with Apples’ plans. It has been rumored for a while that October would be the date for the next iPhone release, but it was also expected that the media event would take place sometime in September. Earlier years Apple have traditionally held their annual music event announcing the next generation iPods in early September, but it is believed that it has been pushed back this year to accommodate the announcement of the iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S as well.
Whilst traditionally an iPod event, this year the focus has been all on the iPhone so the expectations for this event as well is that most of it will be focused on the iPhone, as well as the public release of iOS 5 and iCloud. Expectations at the moment is that the iPod range will continue pretty much as is, perhaps with the exception of an upgrade of the iPod Touch 5th generation, including a likely white iPod Touch 5. With the iPhone and the iPad in the market, the iPod range has seen falling sales over the recent quarters, hence the expectation that no major upgrades will take place this year. I don’t believe however that Apple will kill off any of the iPod models this year, as has been rumored/speculated by many tech writers.
The big question for the rumored 4th October event however is which version of the iPhone will be presented; a fresh designed iPhone 5 or the more technical upgraded iPhone 4s. Recent leaked images of a working iPhone with A5 processor attached to a front panel that looks very similar to the current iPhone 4 hints at the iPhone 4s being the more likely version, but Apple might pleasantly surprise us yet.
It is also believed that this will be the first big media event led by new CEO Tim Cook following Steve Jobs stepping down, so a bit of extra pressure and expectations from the worldwide media on top of the high expectations from the Apple fanbase around the device itself. It is some big shoes to fill, and his performance will likely to just as scrutinized as the device itself.
4th October has now been marked in the calendar, so bring on the next iPhone!